Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers Men retain the Masters O40 and 50 Cross Country Team Titles at Forres.

14 athletes from RHC made the long and treacherous journey to and from Forres.  Fortunately the heavy snow and blizzard like conditions experienced on the A9 were not reciprocated at Forres.  Thankfully conditions at Grant Park were cold but mainly dry.

In the opening race for women and men over 65 Jennifer Reid worked her way through the field to finish a creditable 24th from 78 contestants while Peter Ogden was 7th in his age category despite suffering from stomach cramp over the last half mile.

The Cambuslang men dominated the O40, 50 and 60 age groups winning the 2 available team titles  along with 4 individual golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  After a brisk start by Jim Tole of Metro Aberdeen the Cambuslang trio of Jamie Reid, Kerrry-Liam Wilson and Kenny Campbell eased in tandem  into the first 3 positions although the Aberdeen runner was not far off the pace.  As they disappeared into the trees for the final circuit of the hilly wooded paths it was anyone's guess as to what the order would be when emerging onto the firm grassy section for the final run in to the line.  Kenny emerged first closely followed by Kerry-Liam and Jamie in hot pursuit with the Metro  athlete still slightly adrift.  The places remained the same with Kenny finishing in 29.15 only 9 seconds ahead of Kerry-Liam with Jamie a further 2 seconds back.  Kenny and Jamie took the O40 gold and silver with Kerry-Liam the O45 gold.  Greg Hastie with a fast finish secured 14th place and sealed the 040 team title for the club ahead of Corstorphine and Metro Aberdeeen.

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Next home for Cambuslang in an incredible 20th spot was Eddie Stewart who made his annual journey from Prague to represent the club.  Not surprisingly he again won the M55 gold in his last year of this age category to add to his previous victories as an O40, 45, 50 and a younger 55.  Stan MacKenzie who had only returned from working in China the previous day battled against jet lag to finish 3 places behind Eddie and lifted the individual M50 bronze.  Chris Upson in 31st spot sealed the M50 team title from Strathearn Harriers.  Mick O'Hagan closed in next followed by Frankie Barton who took the M60 gold.  It was good to see Frankie put his recent injury problems behind him.  Colin Feechan who had been unwell during the week, Tony McCutcheon and Dave Thom were our 3 final finishers.

 

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Many thanks and well done to all our runners who helped the club maintain its longstanding and outstanding record in this event.  In the last 21 years the O40 team has won 17 gold and 3 silver medals while the O50 team has recorded 6 out of a possible 7 victories.  A special thanks must be made to our drivers Colin, Jamie, Tony and Jennifer/Kenny who got everyone there and back safely in what can only be described as scary conditions.

Finally a big thanks to Alex Jackson and Ron Morrison representing Scottish Athletics at Forres and to Forres Harriers themselves who efficiently organised the event.  The free soup, biscuits and tea and coffee put on by our hosts after the race were most welcome and appreciated by all.

David Cooney

SVHC Relay Champs 16th Jan

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers continued their successful start to 2016.  The more senior members of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers were out in force at the Scottish Masters Road Relay round Strathclyde Park Loch on Sunday 24th January.  The men’s over 35 quartet of Gordon Robertson, Kenny Campbell, Iain Reid and Robert Gilroy who provided the 4 fastest times of the day  led from start to finish and won by 5 minutes from Kirkintilloch Olympians. The B team of Davy Cole, Shaz Hakeem, Tony McCutcheon and Simon Gold were a comfortable 6th with the C team of Steven Phillips, Kenny Finlayson, Iain Nicholl and John Kelly 26th. The over 50 team of Dan O’Connell, Dave Thom, Des Dickson and Colin Feechan secured a worthy 2nd place in their age category while the B team of Eddie Carr, Barnie Gough, Sandy Eaglesham and Peter Ogden were 9th.

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 The club also fielded a ladies’ team for the first time in this event and Jennifer Reid, Caitie-Gorton Phillips and Donna McPherson finished a creditable 9th. 

The previous day the club made their debut in the Devil’s Burden Hill Relay over the scenic Lomonds of Fife Hills.  Strong lungs and some navigational skills were required for this testing event.  Our team members comprising Mick O’Hagan, Ben Hukins, Chris Upson, Greg Hastie, Craig Harrow and Dean McNaught served the club well to finish in 13th position from 131 teams.

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The Harriers start off the New Year well

Members of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers got off to a flying start in 2016.  Jamie Reid and Gordon Robertson finished first and second in the Beith road race on January 2nd while under 17 Eamon Carr recorded victory in the younger age group.  There was more success the following day at the Scottish 3K Indoors Championships held at the nearby Emirates Stadium with age group national titles being won by M35 Robert Gilroy, M45 Kerry-Liam Wilson and M65 David Cooney.  There were silver medals too for U17 Struan Paton, M50 Chris Upson and M55 Colin Feechan with M40 bronze for Justin Carter. 

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The club was also well represented at the Scottish Inter District Cross Country Event held at Edinburgh on 8th January.  Craig Jardine represented the Scotland U20 team in the incorporated Celtic Cross Country International while Eve Mackinnon and Alex Lamond competed for the Scottish Universities team.  The club also had a good number of athletes in the West District Team such as Christopher McLew, Drew Pollock and Ryan Stephen in the U15 race and Gavin Smith and Struan Paton in the U17 event.  The club’s major representation came in the men’s race with Kyle McLellan, Robert Gilroy, Iain Reid, Kenny Campbell and Kerry-Liam Wilson running for the West Team and Willie McRury for the North Team.  The club achieved further success at the Edinburgh Event in the open 5K road race around Arthur’s Seat through Sarah Benson’s excellent victory in the ladies category supported by Kirsty Anderson in 7th place.  New member David Cole underlined his potential in finishing 9th overall in the race and first O35 runner. 


Club members were also prominent in 5K Parkruns last weekend.  Ben Hukins recovering from injury and illness won the inaugural Livingston event in snowy underfoot conditions while Justin Carter and Chris Upson were victors at Tollcross and Victoria Park Glasgow and Steven Phillips was 3rd at Strathclyde Park.

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David Cooney

Club Christmas Handicap Results

A good turnout across the age groups on a mild but blustery morning on Saturday 19th saw Simon Gold win the 4k and Bob Burt's whole salmon, with Ruth Kelly wining the youngsters short course. Special mention to Justin and Dan who had placed 1st and 3rd at the tollcross parkrun a couple of hours before and still posted great times.

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 club photographer Colin Stephen's photos here (soon)

West District Cross Country Champs, 6th Dec. Bellahouston Park

Well done to all who competed on Sunday in very muddy conditions.  There were many excellent performances.  Congratulations to Kyle who front ran from the start to an emphatic victory in the senior men's race.  His performance was all the more creditable as he had completed a 14 hour shift the day before as a junior doctor at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  With good packing from Stuart 7th, Robert 8th, Kenny 11th, Kerry-Liam 13th and Iain R 14th the club took 2nd team behind Shettleston.  Alistair who prefers the track had his best cross country run to date over this distance but unfortunately his 15th place was not sufficient to earn him a place in the team.  Kenny and Kerry-Liam had the consolation of finishing first and second in the masters competition and with back up from Justin secured the masters team title.  Chris finished 2nd master over 50 with Colin first in the over 55 category.

    

There was also individual and team success for the under 20 men with Craig and Ryan placing 2nd and 3rd and Ross completing the winning team in 7th spot.   Christopher, Drew and Ryan combined well in 4th, 8th and 10 to take silver in the under 15 boys race.  The under 13 boys trio of Sean, Aaron and Harry were 11th placed team.

 

There was individual bronze medal success too for Eve in the women's under 20 race.  Our senior ladies team of Alex, Kirsty, Caitie and Vicky finished well to take 6th in the team competition with Lynn providing close back up.   The under 15 team of Christie, Lauren and Katie were 6th and the under 13 trio of Niamh, Chloe and Emily finished 8th team.  It was good to see Niamh returning to competition after injury.

All credit to everyone who managed to complete the course in the very testing muddy conditions which was not surprising given the excessive amount of rainfall in the previous 24 hours.  Seemingly ½ a month’s rain fell in Glasgow during the preceding 24 hours.  If it is any consolation there were no fences or ploughed fields today which used to be a feature of cross country running.

A big thanks to the coaches, club members and parents who supported and cheered on our athletes today.

 

Finally the club should be well represented after today's performances at the forthcoming Inter District Event at Edinburgh in the New Year.  Willie had already booked his place yesterday in the North team.

David C

photos courtesy of Colin Stephen

M40+ and M50+ Masters show the way at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships

The M40+ quartet of Kenny Campbell, Frank McGowan, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Jamie Reid and the M50+ trio of Chris Upson, Paul Thompson and Colin Feechan were worthy winners at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Champs at Cumbernauld on Saturday 24th October. With Jamie, Kerry-Liam and Kenny recording the 3 fastest masters’ times and Frank 6th fastest it was not surprising that this was the club’s 5th consecutive victory in this national championship. Also thanks to Colin, Chris and Paul recording the 2nd, 3rd and 10th fastest times in their age group the M50+s regained their age group title. Indeed, the depth of the club’s older runners saw them finish their B team of Tony McCutcheon, Brian Campbell, Justin Carter and Mick O’Hagan in 5th and their C team of Dan O’Connell, Craig Harrow, Dave Thom and Scott Hunter in 11th place from 20 competing teams.

The under 20 and senior men team of Stuart Gibson, Ryan Thomson, Robert Gilroy and Kyle McLellan put in a sterling performance to finish just outside of the medals in 4th place. Ryan was rewarded with the 3rd fastest time by an under 20 and Kyle was the 11th fastest senior. The B team in 14th position was well served by two other fast improving under 20s Ross Stephen and Craig Jardine and ably supported by Willie MacRury who made the long round trip from Stornoway and Gordon Robertson. The C squad of Alasdair Campbell, Scott Sommerville, Ian Lafferty and George Pettit finished a creditable 35th from 88 competing teams.

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Our ladies team had to do without the services of 3 Scottish internationalists. Sarah Benson is now living in England, Katie Bristow is on a year’s athletics scholarship in the USA and Eve MacKinnon now at Edinburgh University was representing her university team. In spite of this our ladies team of Alex Lamond, Kirsty Anderson and Caitie Gordon-Phillips finished a very creditable 21st from 52 competing teams. It was good to see Caitie running again after a long injury spell.

Our young athlete male A team comprising an U13, U15 and U17 acquitted itself well. Sean Friel, Drew Pollock and Struan Paton with the 5th fastest time of the day combined well to finish 7th from 90 teams. The B team of Euan McLew, Ryan Stephen, and Gavin Smith were 25th followed by the C team of Aaron Grew, Andrew Arhurs and Lewis Tracey and the D squad of Michael Black, Chris McLew who was our fastest U15 and Eamon Carr. Robbie Woods and Ruairidh MacGregor ran in an incomplete E team. The same format was used in the young female athlete event and Niamh Riggins, Lauren McEwan and Christie Dalgleish put in a solid performance in 22nd place from 77 teams. The B team of Chloe Burton, Carla Fay and Katie Moss secured 58th spot and Demi Scott and Hannah Lang were in an incomplete C team.

Congratulations to all our runners and many thanks to our officials, coaches, parents and supporters.

David Cooney

 

Tempo Tuesday!

Hi All

Firstly a reminder that the winter schedule can be found here – http://cambuslangharriers.org/?page_id=804 –

Secondly, Tuesday 27th Oct sees our first "Tempo Tuesday" of the autumn, as you'll know it's the "Clyde Gateway" run colckwise, so the idea is, easy jog run up to the starting point as a group, have a chat, catchup on how everyone got on at the weekend, then as you pass the juntion of King St and Queen St switch to tempo run at up to 10k race pace, keep this going until you reach the big junction at London Rd/Fullarton Rd, catch you breath reassemble with those finishing around you, then gentle warm down back to the club.

map of the tempo section below, please take care at junctions, particuarly Dalmarnock Rd and also Springfield Rd.

 

Short Report on Schools XC races 19th Sept

SCHOOLS PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CROSS COUNTRY RACES
SPONSORED BY NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUNDING
SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2015

On Saturday Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers hosted cross country races for local and surrounding primary and secondary pupils.  The event which was part of the club’s community lottery funded project to promote health and fitness among younger people attracted 108 participants across the various school age groups.  On crossing the finishing line all pupils received a medal for their efforts
In the opening run for P6/7 girls Charlie Frew from Hunter Primary in East Kilbride was the winner ahead of Rhiannon Morris from Hillside and Eilidh Kennedy from James Aiton.  In the corresponding run for boys Josh Keegan, Hallside, was the first to cross the line with Robbie Woods, Bankhead, second and Callum Young, St Brides, third. 

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In the S1/2 girls event Fernhill’s Holly McIndoe  led home Christie Dalgleish and Niamh Riggins both from Trinity High.  Trinity High had the first finisher in the boys event thanks to Sean Friel with the Stonelaw High duo of Max Monteith and Michael Black filling the second and third spots.
In the older S3 – 6 age group Fernhill had a clean sweep with Shiobhan McBride, Sophie Lowe and Hannah McFadyen taking the top three places.  However, in the boys event honours were shared between Trinity High, Strathaven Academy and Cathkin thanks to Tracey Lewis, James Cathie and Euan Kennedy.

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The club is indebted to the National Lottery for helping to fund this event and would also like to thank all participants involved and their parents and teachers.  Also many thanks  to the members of Ronhill Cambuslang who organised the run.
The club welcomes new members from the age of 10 plus who are able to run at least one mile without stopping.  Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.00 pm from the Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club on Langlea Road.

Schools Cross Country results

initial results below, well done to all who took part and helped out on the day

SCHOOLS ENTRY LISTS -all-results 2015

 

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Running Seminar

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers will be hosting a running seminar open to all clubs on Preparation for the Cross Country Season and Peaking for your Target Race.  The two guest speakers are Freya Ross and Mark Pollard with Mike Johnston chairing and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Freya is a multi Scottish Champion on country, road and track, GB Internationalist and a Commonwealth, European and Olympic Representative.  Mark is a double winner of the Scottish Senior Cross Country Championship and coach to Johnny Glen, Scottish U20 Cross Country Champion and GB Internationalist, and to Josh Kerr, the U20 European 1500M Champion.  Therefore, given their experience and achievements this should be a worthwhile and instructive evening just prior to the cross country season.

The seminar is being held on Friday 2nd October at 7.15pm in Cambuslang Sports Club, Langlea  Road, G72 8HG.  Tickets are priced at £2 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. There is a limited number of tickets available on a first come first served basis.  If you wish to reserve your ticket with payment being made on the night please email davidccooney@gmail.com